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Employee Appreciation: A Happy Employee is Good for Business

By Jennifer Brown, Founder and CEO of PeopleTactics

When is the last time your showed your employees you appreciate them? Hopefully, you answered with “today” or “yesterday”. However, the more likely scenario is that you had to think about the last time you showed them some appreciation. Don’t beat yourself up too badly…after all; business owners and managers tend to be focused on always trying to improve things and moving from one accomplishment to another without much thought or celebration. However, we have to acknowledge our team’s contributions to our companies’ success…otherwise; we are going to lose these valued employees to other businesses.



Ask yourself:

  • Do you tend to look for what an employee does right versus wrong?
  • Do you thank employees for going above and beyond?
  • When is the last time you sent an employee an email to let them know you appreciated something they did?
  • Do you give your employees more positive feedback than negative feedback?
  • When is the last time you let your employee know how happy you are that they are part of your company and how much you value their contributions?
  • Do you give your employees small tokens of appreciation (e.g., card, plant, gift card) just to say “thanks”?

It costs at a minimum about 1 ½ times an employee’s salary to replace them…this is made up of lost productivity, recruiting costs, and management time.  Not to mention, an unhappy employee that leaves is bad PR for your company. So be sure you take time each week to thank your employees for their contributions – this will not only payoff in terms of retaining employees, but your employees will want to contribute even more to your company!

Want to learn more about how you can be there for your employee appreciation? Email us  or give us a call at 571-587-5615. We work with our clients every day to ensure they successful employee relations.

PeopleTactics works with small business owners to prevent and solve Human Resources problems that can drain them of their time, money and energy.

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As Founder and CEO of PeopleTactics, Jennifer Brown is devoted to helping small business owners implement solutions to prevent Human Resources (HR) problems that can drain them of their time, money, and energy. Small business owners work with Jennifer to help them build stronger employee relationships, understand and comply with employment laws, establish policies, and set up easy-to-use HR systems to consistently avoid problems. Jennifer’s clients receive proven, cost-effective, and specific instruction on setting up their HR practices to prevent problems, allowing them to focus on growing their business. Jennifer holds and undergraduate degree in Business Management and an MBA, both with concentrations in HR and Organizational Development from The University of Maryland. Additionally, she maintains the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. Career highlights include various Senior Human Resources roles at Freddie Mac as well as Senior and Staff Consultant positions at Anderson Consulting (Accenture). She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith Business School, and has developed and taught Human Resources, Employment Law, and Organizational Development courses.

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